NRECA Careers

Regulatory Affairs Director

Arlington, VA
Government Relations/Regulatory

Job Description

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America’s electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:

  • Top Workplace by the Washington Post 
  • 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine
  • 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian
  • CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance
  • 50 Greatest places to Work - AARP
  • Best Place to Work Award Recipient - Lincoln, NE
  • Gold Well Workplace - Wellness Councils of America
  • State of NE Governor's Wellness Award - Grower Level

At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields. They are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting, constantly evolving, and requires new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person’s overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance. EEO/AA- M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status/Genetic Data


Regulatory Affairs Director 

Lead NRECA expert and advocate for all matters pertaining to the assigned area of responsibility.  Responsible for engaging with, informing, and educating internal and external audiences and members on related issues.
Areas of responsibility include retail and distribution policy issues except those directly related to DER.  These include:
•        Retail rates
•        Retail restructuring and retail competition
•        Promotion of the co-op and “Consumer-Centric” business model
•        Smart grid
•        Retail relationship with federal and military consumers
•        Postal rates for statewide and co-op communications

Purpose and Mission
• Solve unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on NRECA and its members, using conceptual and innovative thinking to develop solutions.
• Engage with NRECA members to develop consensus on priority needs and policy positions.
• Contribute to the development of a strategic plan to enable NRECA to act proactively, to get out ahead on key issues, and to focus resources relating to area of responsibility to best meet members’ short-term and long-term needs.
• Consistent with the strategic plan, and using all resources and advocacy paths available, direct and participate in  agency, court, media, and other policy advocacy relating to area of responsibility. 
• Advocate and negotiate technical and substantive issues directly with senior policy makers and staff.
• Build, manage, and actively participate in various external and internal committees, subcommittees, and coalitions with other stakeholders, as assigned, to represent NRECA and its members’ interests. 
• Build and maintain relationships in the policy community and industry in order to enhance own and NRECA’s reputation, access, and advocacy efforts.
• Responsible for informing and educating members about issues arising in area of responsibility in order to help them comply with laws, regulations and/or mandatory industry standards and adjust their business activities consistent with industry and policy trends.
• Help set the agenda for, attend, and participate in Annual, Regional, and other NRECA meetings as appropriate, and providesadvice and consultation to the NRECA Board, NRECA Standing and other committees.
• Contribute to the Regulatory Bulletin, the Regulatory Looking Ahead, Week Ahead, Notes, Issues to Watch, REMagazine, and all other resources that have been or may be developed to keep NRECA staff and NRECA members informed about activities relating to area of responsibility.
• Possess specialized depth and/or breath of expertise pertaining to area of responsibility and has broad knowledge of other regulatory issues.
• Build in-depth knowledge about the members’ business needs, policy positions, and internal politics.
• Work continuously to maintain, enhance, and expand knowledge of membership and area of responsibility.
• Lead project teams to achieve milestones and objectives for projects with notable risk and complexity, includes developing the strategy for project execution. 
• Communicate complex ideas, anticipate potential objections, and negotiates with others, often at internal and external senior levels, to influence decisions.  
• Work closely with colleagues in Government Relations, Communications, Business and Technologies Strategies and others in the building, to enhance efforts on responsibilities 1-3 and to support others’ efforts on related issues.
• Keep NRECA leadership and management and NRECA membership informed on issues relating to area of responsibility.

Requirements and Qualifications

• Juris Doctor, Master’s or other advanced degree relating to area of responsibility, or 10 years of related work experience with federal/state agencies or industry related to the assigned area of responsibility.
• 7 years of experience working at or with the federal and/or state agency or industry relating to the assigned area of responsibility.
• Knowledge of the electric utility industry, the electric cooperative sector, and the legal framework governing the regulation of the electric utility industry as demonstrated by prior work experience.
•  Ability to manage competing deadlines and multiple projects at various stages of development using effective organization skills and attention to detail as demonstrated by prior work experience. 
• Ability to work with a wide variety of people to foster cooperation in sharing information and materials as demonstrated by prior work experience.
• Ability to think strategically and creatively to achieve advocacy goals of the members.
• Ability to lead people and foster collaborative skills and consensus building while operating in a fast-moving environment as demonstrated by prior work experience.
• Ability to effectively interact with others and work in a team environment and providing follow-up when needed as demonstrated by prior work experience.
• Ability to define issues, establish facts and draw valid conclusions and apply to work environment as demonstrated by prior work experience.
• Ability to be persuasive, negotiate, and collaborate with individuals at all levels inside and outside of the organization as demonstrated by prior work experience.
• Ability to anticipate internal and or external business challenges and/or regulatory issues; recommends process, product or service improvements as demonstrated by prior work experience
• Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse membership, employees, stakeholders and/or government officials in a clear and precise manner as demonstrated by prior work experience.